Dewey Defeats Truman

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Although they can hardly be blamed for milking a good thing, the big melodies and ready-made anthems found on this six-song EP make for a collection of emo-inspired rock of a rather common vintage. The vocals soar over a bed of edgy guitars and appropriately arranged harmonies, with each song clocking in on the expected themes of disappointment and alienation. Still, even as every track features an admittedly winning formula of instantly accessible hooks and enthusiastic vocals, not to mention a tight band with a sharp rhythm section, there is little or nothing here to distinguish or recommend them over their legions of maddeningly similar ilk. So, even if Dewey Defeats Truman pushes the right buttons, those buttons have already been pushed by more experienced and creatively inspired artists, making this release rather nonessential.

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